Does anyone here think he actually believes what he has been saying?
look at it from his point of view ... he studied the bible pretty much his entire life.
Then, one morning he wakes up and he realises he's well into his eighties and has absolutely nothing to show for a lifetime of searching.
So, he can either admit that he wasted his entire life or dive in even deeper and sever that last tiny little connection with reality he has left.
He opted for the latter and you can be damn sure that, in an Orwellian way, he absolutely sure he's right ... even now.
Even when 18:00 comes around and nothing happens.
My militant anti-stupid is very simpatico with this reading Fiji, but on a humanist earthling spectator monkey level, I find myself intrigued by this person.
Not disputing you at all mate, but you definitely impute him with an active choice, and I wonder.
The alternatives seem equally terrible.
Namely that all his lifetime's learning actually led him to believe what he has prophesied (and that's not even getting into what his changing his story in the face of glaring facts means at all).
But which means that he definitely hasn't got the normal xian shallow-knowledge-of-the-subject-matter as an excuse, and must be one of the superior hosts of cognitive dissonance immunity.
Or he doesn't believe at all (perhaps never has, or perhaps has realised since the first supposed end of days passed without so much as a angelic horn-job that it is all a crock) and he just cannot bring himself to 'fess up. (But why would he make the original prophecy if he didn't believe?) BFIIK
But there is no neutral effect (let alone win win) position for this ancient to stand in, it can only be read as lose-loser.
I tend to agree with your and Blaz's read ....this bloke's not gonna own up no matter what (I'd love to be shown wrong), and for that stubborn stupid hubris I say stone the fucking false prophet (at least with loud, vehement and very very public ridicule and castigation.